Thursday, October 2, 2014

Louis Buisseret

Dans l’atelier du peintre (In the artist's studio)
oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Belgium

Louis Buisseret (1888-1956), born in the Belgian province of Hainault, was a Belgian painter, draftsman and engraver. At the age of 16, he enrolled at the Art Academy of Bergen where he studied engraving. In 1908, he started studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. In 1910, as a student he won the second prize in the Belgian Prix de Rome competition in painting and in 1911 he won first prize in the Prix de Rome competition in the category of printmaking. His time in Rome was of particular importance to his development, and the influence of Italian Renaissance painting, particularly the frescoes he saw in Florence and Rome, was to be reflected in his art for much of his later career.

Active mainly as a painter of portraits, nudes and still life subjects, he received several honours and prizes during his long career before his death at the age of sixty-eight.